By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -
It's billed as the biggest fireworks show in Michigan on July 4 and it's in Mid-Michigan.
On Wednesday crews were putting the final touches on that big event set for Friday night in Saginaw.
"Oh, it's going to be a lot of fun, great fun," said Ricardo Longoria, show organizer.
Fun lies buried on Ojibway Island. Like rows of soldiers lined up for battle, fireworks tubes are locked and loaded. Hundreds of shells will burst over the island Friday night in what organizers call the largest fireworks show that night in the state.
The show will cost about $85,000. Organizers said it will be a little bit different from last year's display.
"We're actually going to be shooting from five positions, one starting on the bridge and then heading south on the island, it's going to have a little bit more of a spread-out feel, close to quarter of a mile," said Josh Carter, with Wolverine Fireworks.
Traditionalists can rest assured the bridge will once again be a focal point of the show.
"Well, it's kind of a staple part of the Saginaw show that people have grown accustomed to, so we're going to keep the tradition alive," Carter said.
Crews carefully placed the shells in the canisters. The shells have been wired to boxes and are ready to be set off from the pavilion.
Longoria of the fireworks committee promises residents will love the show. He said despite a lot of fundraising efforts they'd appreciate a donation to help pay off the event. They're about 25 percent short.
"We'll be having people, volunteers walking the crowd hoping to get the rest of the money," Longoria said.
He said if everyone donates just $1 they'll have enough to pay for the show plus enough left over to plant shells again next July.
Saginaw's fireworks kick off on Friday about 10:15 p.m. on Ojibway Island.
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